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Review: The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching


Title: The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching:50 Top Executive Coaches Reveal Their Secrets
Editors: Howard Morgan, Phil Harkins and Marshall Goldsmith
ISBN: 0-471-70546-2
Price: £19.99 UK/USA $29.95/CAN $42.99
Reviewer: Dr Colin Thompson

Leadership coaching has become vitally important to today’s most successful businesses. The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching is a landmark resource that presents a variety of perspectives and best practices from today’s top executive coaches.

It provides valuable guidance on exactly what the best coaches are now performing to get the most out of leaders, for now and into the future. Revealing core philosophies, critical capabilities and the secrets of coaching success, this one-of-a-kind guide includes, Ken Blanchard and Frances Hesselbein, plus others of a very high repretation. Packed with cutting-edge ideas and proven best practices, this is the definitive source of information for everyone dealing with coaching.

The book is a notable resource that represents best practice from executive coaches. Provides very valuable information on what best coaches deliver to the leaders of today and into the future.

The contributors offer in-depth discussions on topics such as selecting the right coach, maximising the impact of coaching and leveraging the latest trends and strategies. The book also includes the newest research and practical tools such as checklists, performance assessments and quick tips. Packed with astute personal observations, detailed analyses, helpful best practices and the practice of coaching leaders.

The book reveals core philosophies and best practises; these essays from best-of-breed coaches offer many different paths to exceptional leadership coaching in five distinct areas;

• Coaching leaders/behavioural coaching
• Career/life coaching
• Coaching for leadership development
• Coaching for organisational change
• Strategy coaching

Leadership coaching has emerged as a powerful tool for accelerating the performance of promising executives and attaining competitive advantage through that talent. The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching provide you with everything that you need to employ that tool with and for maximum impact.

* Dr Colin Thompson, a former successful Managing Director of Print Manufacturing Plants, Print Management/Workflow Solutions companies, former Group Chairman of the Academy for Chief Executives and Non-Executive Director, helping companies raise there `bottom-line` and increasing positive cashflow`. Author of business publications, research reports, business models on CD-ROM's/Software and over 400 articles published. International Speaker and Visiting University Professor. Check out for powerful publications and testimonials.


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